This week, when I really ought to have finally been finishing my ‘What I’m Into May’ post (which has turned into ‘What I’m Into May/Jun’), my mind has been swirling with thoughts about the UK’s political situation.
I know they say that a week is a long time in politics, but this really has been the LONGEST week. For the benefit of non-British readers: it started with he shock of the vote to leave the EU; Prime Minister David Cameron announcing his resignation as a result; Boris Johnson, having won the campaign to leave, looking gutted about it and having no post-Brexit plan (thus producing speculation that his goal was to lose and then make a bid for PM); Michael Gove ruining his friend Boris Johnson’s chance at PM by announcing his own candidacy; people calling for the leader of the opposition party (Jeremy Corbyn) to step down; both parties scurrying to find leaders at the same time.
Probably the most disturbing thing this week has been the wave of racist/xenophobic abuse and violence in our country. But though I was grieved by it, I was not overly surprised by it – because I had seen it before:
“The pattern? Fear; anger; scapegoat; propaganda; law change; violence. The scapegoats? Disabled, LGBT, BAME or elderly people. Anyone who is seen as ‘other’. This same pattern seems to occur in other countries in other times, during an economic depression.”
Ian Paul, a popular Christian theologian and blogger in the UK, kindly lent me a space to write my analysis of these strange times, their connection with disability benefit cuts, and what Christians should do about it. Won’t you follow me over there?